Thursday, 2 June 2005

Kool Aid

My first ever experience dying yarn. So how was it for me? The smell - not really expected. Because of course I used kool aid which americans actually drink ?! and the rest of the world uses as a dye. Today I used strawberry, grape and something or other cherry and dyed some merino dk and some slubbed cotton. Exhibit A is the wool, which has turned out quite well.
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Exhibit B is the cotton. Image hosted by
Note to self: do not try and dye yarn without putting it into skeins first. Plus try harder when cleaning taps.

Pooch just rang (inebriated I am sorry to say - I shall tell his mother) and tried to get me to order him some kebabs to be delivered so hey would be here when he got home and therefore save vast amounts of time he would have had to spend getting them for himself. What is it with men and kebabs when they've been on a bender? I declined the opportunity but this does mean he'll be back any minute so must clear all that dye out of the kitchen before he tries to drink it.

But first - most importantly - I have my secret pal (in Portugal) and the person who has me as a pal has been in touch and I think is in germany. I can't wait to start sending little parcels out and finding other ones waiting for me over the next few months. Knitters are wonderful people!


Nickerjac said...

Careful with the cotton as a general rule Kool Aid and food colouring usually only works on animal fibres and nylon (ie silk and wool) But the wool looks great and you get used to the smell honestly:)

Kate said...

Hey Lixie,

That wool looks great. How did you do that? We need more info. Where do you get Kool Aid from? I know you are in the great metropolis and I'm in a rural backwater but enquiring minds need to know.


The wool is looking great. Inspiring me to have a go with the Kool Aid I was kindly sent by a yankee swapper the other week.

Steph said...

OK, I have the Kool Aid (via ebay) but now I know I can't use it to dye the 3-ply cotton yarn I have. :-( Guess I'll have to go back to Dylon for that. What wool did you use and where from please?

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